Dexter E Callender, Jr.

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3695
Dexter E. Callender, Jr. , has taught at the University of Miami since 1995 and is the author of Adam in Myth and History (Harvard Semitic Studies, Eisenbrauns, 2001). A recipient of the 2000 Provost's Excellence in Teaching Award, he was also named "Professor of the Year" by the Pan-Hellenic Association in 2001. With research...

Lacy Crocker Papadakis



Lacy K. Crocker Papadakis received her Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University. She is a Hebrew Bible scholar, and her research focuses on the relationship between ancient Near Eastern literature and archaeological evidence. She is particularly interested in the symbolism of architecture and iconography in text and...

Henry A. Green, Ph.D.



(305) 284-4375
Henry A. Green has taught at the University of Miami since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University (Britain) after postgraduate work in Canada, at the Sorbonne (France) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). He is the author or co-author of four books, including Research in Action (education of at-risk...

William Scott Green



(305) 284-4733
William Scott Green, Professor of Religious Studies, Fain Family Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies. William Green has written widely on ancient Judaism, the study of religion, and higher education. He has held fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew Mellon...

Mohammad Homayounvash



Nebil Husayn

Associate Professor


(305) 284-3698
Nebil Husayn is a specialist in the field of Islamic studies. His research explores authoritarianism in the Middle East, debates on the caliphate, and the development of Islamic thought. He is the recipient of a Fulbright award and the University of Miami Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities. Husayn obtained his Ph.D. in Near Eastern...

Kathi Lynn Kern



Kathi Kern joined the University of Miami in July 2022, as the inaugural Vice Provost for Educational Innovation and is responsible for designing the University’s strategy in leading and executing the educational revolution. She leads the Platform for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (PETAL), which supports teaching...

David W. Kling

Cooper Fellow


(305) 284-3704
David Kling has been at the University of Miami since 1986, serving initially in an administrative capacity before joining the Department of Religious Studies in 1993. He is the author of A Field of Divine Wonders: The New Divinity and Village Revivals in Northwestern Connecticut, 1792-1822 (Penn State Press, 1993; Winner of...

Catherine Newell

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3733
Catherine L. Newell is a scholar of the conjoined histories of religion and science (specifically technology, ecology, and medicine). She is particularly interested in how scientific paradigms frequently owe their genesis to a religious idea or spiritual belief. Her first book, Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and the Final...

Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-4733
Eziaku Nwokocha is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. She is a scholar of Africana religions with expertise in the ethnographic study of Vodou in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Her research is grounded in gender and sexuality studies, visual and material culture and Africana Studies. Previously, Nwokocha held a...

Daniel L. Pals

Director of the MALS Program
Interim Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Director of Graduate Studies


(305) 284-4036

Justin Ritzinger

Associate Professor


(305) 284-3671
Justin R. Ritzinger is associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. He received his PhD in the Study of Religion from Harvard in 2010. His work focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese Buddhism. He is the author of a monograph on the reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, entitled Anarchy in the Pure Land, and articles...

Paul Russell Shockley



(936) 645-8645
Paul R. Shockley received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Affectionately known as “Doc Shock,” Paul specializes in aesthetics, the history of ideas, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Using a multidisciplinary approach, he studies the transactional experiences between...

Robyn Walsh

Associate Professor


(305) 284-4733
Robyn Faith Walsh is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Miami. She earned her Ph.D. at Brown University in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, with a focus on early Christianity, ancient Judaism, and Roman archaeology. Before coming to UM, Professor Walsh taught at Wheaton College (Mass.), The...